The ins and outs of Fleetwood Mac are a difficult thing to keep in check. But thanks to founding member Mick Fleetwood we know one thing: Lindsey Buckingham is never coming back.
Buckingham was fired from the band in 2018 after several disputes and Fleetwood Mac went on to tour without the guitarist and singer. They invited Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn to fill the void.
Recently Mick Fleetwood, the band’s drummer and spiritual leader, was asked whether Lindsey could ever return to the band. Fleetwood responded to Rolling Stone, saying, “No. Fleetwood Mac is a strange creature. We’re very, very committed to Neil and Mike, and that passed away a time ago, when Lindsey left. And it’s not a point of conversation, so I have to say no.
He continued: “It’s a full drama of Fleetwood Mac, no doubt. His legacy is alive and well, and as it should be. A major, major part that will never be taken away, and never be down-spoken by any of us. Neil and Mike have tremendous respect for Lindsey. The situation was no secret. We were not happy. It was not working, and we parted company. And that really is the all of it.”
Around the time of Buckingham’s sacking Fleetwood said: “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents… We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”
As we continue to try and wrap our heads around the ever-changing and mystifying creature that is Fleetwood Mac, we can all take a moment to know we will never hear this song as intended live ever again.